11th Dec2014

‘Saving Hope: The Complete Second Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf


Every year we get more and more television shows fighting for survival and it gets harder to have what it takes to make an impact.  Trying to be a show that stands out of the crowd, Saving Hope started off with a main character in a coma, but still walks the halls of the hospital talking to other patients, who just happen to be dead.  Now that Charlie (Michael Shanks) has woken though, can Saving Hope: The Complete Second Season still provide something special?

With Dr. Charlie Harris now awake he finds that he still sees the people who are between the land of the living and the dead.  Reunited with fiancée Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) he tries to get back to normality, but when the dead want his attention even in the middle of critical operations people soon start noticing his weird behaviour and question whether he should still be doing his job.

Although I thought that the main focus of this show would be in Charlie, the truth is it focuses more on Alex as she is trapped between her love for him and her feelings of Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies).  The love triangle that forms between these characters is a story arc that lasts the whole season and is one of the most interesting stories.  To add further interest though each character of the hospital gets their own focus, with the interesting ones for me being Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) and Alex’s brother Luke (Tyler Hynes).  With some comedy, drama and some tragedy it all adds up to keep Saving Hope: The Complete Second Season interesting and entertaining.  For new viewers like me it also manages to gets its hooks into you and make you not only want to see what comes in the future but go back to what you’ve missed.

One thing that I did notice about the show is that it isn’t for the squeamish, it deals with some surgery in pretty graphic detail.  With different areas of the hospital being shown there are plenty of broken bones that come popping out of skin and guts that get dragged out of people’s bodies.  When a horror fan notices the raised level of gore then that is pretty impressive.  It has to be said though that not going overboard with the amount of blood on show probably saves it from being too extreme, but it still manages to get pretty graphic.

One criticism I do find I have with the show is the whole concept of talking to the dead and how Charlie reacts to it. I know that to keep his job (and his sanity) he has to try and not react to the people he may see, but the fact he doesn’t seem to realise that they are in fact helping him more than hindering him annoyed me at times.  The fact that the final episode uses his power to create a truly heart-breaking scene shows the power of what he is capable to do.  Credit also has to be paid to the acting ability of Erica Durance and Michael Shanks too for those scenes, they are truly unforgettable and make for the perfect cliffhanger.

Saving Hope: The Complete Second Season is a very good season for the show and it seems to have really found its feet.  It’s hard to say that it is better than the first season as I’ve not actually seen it (yet) but the chemistry between the characters seems to have set and the show has really found its groove.  Now I have to move onto the third season just to make sure things end up how I want them to.

****½  4.5/5

Saving Hope: The Complete Second Season is out on DVD in the UK now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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